Hi. My name is Kris Krause. I write software. Language and platform? Depends on the problem.
First computer programmed?
The TRS-80. I remember hanging out at the local Radio Shack entering silly programs to output childish phrases on the TV screen in an infinite loop. Most of the salesmen kept an eye on me whenever entering the store. Fortunately, my Catholic middle school purchased a computer and I learned Logo to instruct a turtle to draw lines and circles on the screen. It wasn’t magic after all!
First decent program written?
In middle school I disliked studying for history tests. So I developed (in BASIC) a multiple choice quiz that randomly selected questions and randomized answer choices. At the end, it summed up your score and told the user (which was just me) which ones I got wrong. I regret losing the 5.25 inch floppy and not entering my program in the school science fair. It would have been so much better than a typical volcano project.
First computer owned?
The Commodore 64 with the floppy and tape drives. I spent a lot of time entering programs from Compute! magazine. The
DATA was exteremly frustration! And I copied games like crazy (using both sides of the floppy) as well as learning BASIC. Summer Games, Winter Games, and Impossible Mission which was one of the first games to synthesize voice using the famous SID chip that made it possible - “Another visitor. Stay a while. Stay forever!”
I joined the computer club. Unfortunately, it was mostly Wang terminals, word processing, and setting UNIX directory permissions
-rwx. I wanted to program games, a D&D dice roller, hangman, and text-based adventures (like Zork).
First professional job?
Will I ever stop programming?
Even if you won the lottery you wouldn’t stop coding?
Devices and books?
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.
The materials herein are all (c) 2015-2019 Kristofer Krause.
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